About Teacher Linah

  1. Introduce yourself in a few words. I am Linah Sofi, a Saudi Arabian living in the United States. In 2011, I was granted a full scholarship from the government of Saudi Arabia to pursue my Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language. I graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2015. I have 4 years of teaching experience including kids. 2. What do you like most about being a teacher at EC? Aside from meeting awesome people from all around the world, and listening to their awesome stories about cultural differences? I like the Teachers Room the best! It feels like a community of help support and jokes! It’s very relaxed. 3. What’s your favorite skill to teach? This might surprise some people, but GRAMMAR! When I was a student I hated it, but as a teacher, and after I learned it extensively in USF, it all made sense! I do compare it to logic and math, 1+1=2. 4. What’s the hardest part about being a teacher? Trying to mask the frustration I feel with myself, when I fail to make a  point clear. Students may feel that I am frustrated with them, but I always try to explain to them that it’s not about them. It’s about me. Feeling that I am not good at my job makes me so upset. 5. What’s your favorite “success story”? Most students are excellent success stories. Many also stand out. But I remember a man from Paraguay named Luis Florentin. He came to class with very limited English, and was very shy. He sought the help of others to translate but after a couple of months, he became the one so comfortable with language that was now acting like a translator to others and helping them. Stories like … Read more

Our weekend trip to Los Angeles by Sandra Taschke

  We booked our weekend trip to Los Angeles trough Expidition America – a company which does tours & excursions for international students, groups and travelers in the U.S. On Friday morning we went to a meeting point where a bus had picked us up to get to L.A. Our first stop after the long ride was the Santa Monica Pier – it was really beautiful! We could watch the sunset while enjoying dinner at one of the food stands. There were also many wheel and roller coasters you could ride. After spending there two hours, the bus had taken us to our motel for check-in. Afterwards we went to the Walk of Fame – which was only 5 minutes away from our motel by foot. It was night time as we got there, so it looked really cool. After seeing the stars of the Walk of Fame, me and my friends went to a bar at this street. The next morning the bus had picked us up and drove us to the Griffith Observatory – where you can get a great view all over L.A. You can even see the Hollywood sign, even though it’s looks small from there. Inside the building of the observatory there are many space and science related displays for people who are interested in these kinds of things. After this, we went to Farmers Market. There were many food stalls and restaurants, where we could have lunch at. Me and my friends went to a restaurant there and had a very huge, shared mac and cheese bowl. Right after lunching we went to Venice Beach. We were walking at the Boardwalk where you could buy souvenirs and food and enjoy the view. And our last stop for that day was  Rodeo drive – the … Read more

About me & my first day at EC – by Mayu

  My first day at EC: My first day at EC,I was nervous because I was worried about my school life. When I entered a classroom,I found many students around the world. I was excited to talk with them. I tried to talk Mexican girl and Columbian boy. They were friendly and kind so I got along with them quickly. That happens made me having a confidence so I asked them to have lunch together. Then we had good lunch at that time. If I hadn’t talked them, we wouldn’t become friends. They have already graduated and back to their country but we still keep in touch. I learned small brave makes a big relationship. I know it’s difficult to talk to strangers particularly people who speak different languages. But this is the most important to be friends. Something interesting about me: I’m from west of Japan. In Japan there are many kinds of dialects. My hometown’s dialect sounds angry (I don’t think so!). So when I talk to friends who speak standard Japanese they told me why I was little harsh. I try to speak mildly because I don’t want my friends feel not good. But I like my dialect. Japanese has formal and polite words to older people or workers or customers. Even though we use formal words just one year older people. I like that language culture. But it is a little bit difficult to become close friends with older people. To be honest I don’t have Japanese older friends. But I’m close with them like friends. My understanding is they are close older people. The reason why they are not friends for me is I guess because of formal words. So when I use formal words to them I felt to have a distance. What I want to … Read more

Mayu’s Food Recommendation!

  What are the places you recommend in SF? I recommend to go to the Doroles park. It’s a best place to chill. You can see downtown and dogs♡I enjoy seeing dogs and eating ice cream. There is an ice cream shop near the park. The shop’s name is “Bi-Rite Creamy”. The shop of exterior is cute and colorful. So you can enjoy eating ice cream and taking pictures. All my friends who went to there told me they liked the Doroles park. I hope you’ll have a good time at the park. Can you recommend us some restaurants? I highly recommend “Sotto Mare”. It is an Italian seafood restaurant located near Washington square park. The most popular item in the menu is “Best Damn Crab Cioppino”. It is based on tomato soup and there are many kinds of seafood and pasta. They serve their food in big bowls. So I recommend sharing with two or more people. My favorite dish is risotto!! When I ate it for the first time, my eyes opened so big. Because I had never eaten such a delicious risotto in my life. I think “Sotto Mare”is one of the restaurant that you should go to. What’s the best burger in SF? Do you know the most delicious burger shop in SF? Super Duper? In n out burger? The answer is a definite no! The most delicious burger sandwich is at “Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers”. It locates 10 minutes walk from Union Square. I can’t forget their burgers taste. Moreover their fries and shakes are also awesome. Especially strawberry shake is the best in the world. There includes strawberries pulp,so it isn’t artificial flavor!! I don’t go back home because of shake… What Japanese restaurant do you recommend? Then I recommend Japanese ramen restaurant “Waraku”(和楽). To be honest I didn’t trust any … Read more

My English Learning Experience by Mayu

  Tell us about your travels. I have been to the USA (of course!), Australia,Taiwan and Korea. When I was little, I lived in Arkansas in the USA for a couple of years, so I traveled all around the USA with my family. 19 years ago, I went to San Francisco. I can’t believe that I came back to San Francisco and now living here! I traveled to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite while I’m in San Francisco. When I was 16 years old I went to Australia to study English for a month. I went to high school with Australian friends. I didn’t only study English but also I hung out with my host family. For example, I went to Great barrier reef. It was amazing!! Ocean was like a crystal and I met a sea turtle in the sea. I want to go back again. The biggest thing of difference between the USA and Australia is English. I was confused about Australian accent. But it was a good experience to know Australian English for me. “Good day mate?” How did you deal with culture shock or when you’re homesick? Actually I’m easy to adapt new environment. I adapted San Francisco just for 2 or 3 days. So I don’t feel any culture shock or homesick. If I’m forced to say about culture shock is dangerous. When I was in Japan,I worked at midnight and went home alone by walking. But San Francisco is dangerous to go out at midnight alone as a non American woman. Not only San Francisco, most of the USA are dangerous at midnight for women to be walking alone. So after I came to San Francisco, I was careful not to go out midnight alone. Sometimes I go out at midnight at that … Read more